On April 7th 2019, Lake Garda will once again host the annual Granfondo Colnago, an epic 100km+ race that follows the remarkable Lake and takes riders up and over some of Italy’s most spectacular mountains.
We’re excited to be providing riders with exclusive access and hassle-free entry to the Granfondo. This package includes 4 days of hosting, entrance to the event, accommodation, transfers, guided rides and more.
On arrival into Milan or Verona, you will be greeted by Love Velo and taken to your accommodation, the Palace Hotel. From here, you will get settled in before joining our guides on a group ride to explore the area. This is a great way to get your bearings and find out where you’ll be riding in 3 days time. Relax in the spa facilities and tuck into the incredible Italian food at dinner. You’ll get to know the rest of your group tonight and start discussing the exciting days ahead.
Following a good nights rest, explore the local town of Desenzano and walk to the Colnago Festival. Here, the shared anticipation of everyone taking part will become evident. Take in the lively atmosphere as you as you check out the bikes, gadgets, exhibitions and performances going on. Your guide will then take you on another ride in the afternoon where you’ll test yourself against some of the official Granfondo climbs. Tomorrow is a rest day so people often head out to the town in the evening to take in the authentic Italian lifestyle and try the famous ice cream. Each of your hosts will have a different recommendation so make sure you’ve heard everyone’s opinion before deciding which one to go for!
The day before the race. You’ll get exclusive access to the Colnago museum today as well as discovering the outskirts of the area such as Cambiago. Spend the afternoon in Desenzano and sort out your registration for tomorrow. Following this, choose your own restaurant, load up on the carbohydrates and ensure you are well rested for the Granfondo.
Sunday 7th April. Today is the day. Join 3000 riders and take on the famous Granfondo Colnago. Experience the thrill of a mass participation sportive, all whilst taking in the ever-changing, vibrant Italian landscape. This is an experience you will never forget.
Following the race, you’ll be taken back to your hotel where you can relax before a late checkout. If you wish to stay another night, just let us know and this can be easily arranged.
Northern Italy’s climate is perfect during April. The weather will be warm without reaching the heights of the summer months whilst rain is unlikely.
To find out more about the event and secure your place on the starting line in April, head over to the full itinerary by clicking here. Then…the training begins!